A Ritz-Carlton in Paradise Valley is moving forward another step after the town’s planning commission approved changes requested for future construction.
The commission voted 5-2 last month, with members Thomas Campbell and Richard Mahrle as the dissenting votes.
The resort plan originally was proposed in 2008, and residents approved the project by an overwhelming 2-1 margin. Paradise Valley Community Development Director Eva Cutro said deliberation had stalled the project.
The Paradise Valley Town Council asked the commission to focus on the plan’s density, Cutro said. Commission members were concerned about the project’s initial density, though Ritz-Carlton did reduce its overall space to appease the commission. Despite that reduction, Campbell and Mahrle dissented based on density, Cutro said.
Town officials say the project will encompass nearly 1.67 million square feet with the following implementations:
- 200-room resort on 18.1 acres
- 120 resort-branded villas
- 66 single-family homes on 31.3 acres
- 45 resort-branded, single-family homes on 22.5 acres
- 74 townhomes on 8.8 acres
- In-flux design as deannexation of 12.9 acres is yet to be determined
“Last Tuesday’s Planning Commission vote to recommend approval of the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley project was a big step in the right direction,” said Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins following the vote.
The Paradise Valley Town Council will hold a meeting this Thursday for the formal application of the proposed project.